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Caretaker Government of Bangladesh mixes up the priorities September 4, 2008

Posted by bdoza in BANGLADESH, GOVERNANCE, POLITICS.
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After 1/11, the new caretaker government fixed its objectives of holding a free fair election, to make the country free of corruption and to make a quality change in the politics and political parties.The stalwarts of the government time and again retaliated its objectives in press, in different national and international forums and in addresses to the nation.

But it seems that the government has compromised with its declared objectives and changed its priotoies.

An Adviser to the government is stating that the government wants to ensure the participation of all and he is feeling comfort that they are progressing to their target with ‘confidence’. People are observing  many changes in the political field and in the judgments of the courts which are not in conformity with the earllier declared objectives of the government.

But government is changing its strategy when its tenure is only months away to be over, the base of the goverment is more consolidated after overcoming different political and  non-political hurdles and onganised  the selective local election despite the  non-coperation from certain political quarters.

The change in the strategy will bewilder many especially those who hope for a notable change in our political system, though the traditional political forces will feel sigh of relief. 

But the change will raise many questions-was the long 2 years necessary to hold an election ‘participated by all’ ? Who will ensure the continuity of the reforms government has done in different sactor ?  What will hapen to much discussed issue of corruption and leaders of corruption?

Many says that the failure to control the prices of the essential led the government to make this compromise. But will the price low down during the tenure of the government due to this compromise?

If the objectives of the government trimmed down to holding a mere election, then it will not justify its continuation for two years. In that case, the people will reject them and they will also have to suffer the rath of the people and parties.

An ordianry citizen

Post script:

‘Govt anti-graft drive lost it’s direction’ [DS]

Mojammel H Khan, Convener of the Committee for Human Rights and Democracy for Bangladesh writes ‘Is the battle for Corruption lost?’ in Daily Star [DS]

Arafat Islam, a student from Dallas writes ‘Back to Square One’.[DS]

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1. Shahed Iqbal Md. Mahbub-ur-Rahman - April 22, 2010

Questionnaire

(To inquire into the present system of Non-party Caretaker Government in Bangladesh, a sample survey is to be conducted among the cross section of multi-professional people in the capital city of Dhaka and in some other rural areas of Bangladesh. The viewers are requested to answer the following set of questions. The total sample size is 300.)

Tick (√) the appropriate box or write the correct answer:

1. Name:
2. Date of Birth:
3. Place of birth (home district):
4. Age as on date of interview:
5. Marital status:  Married  Unmarried;
6. Educational qualifications:
7. Profession:
8. Religion:  Islam  Hindu  Buddhism  Christian  Other
9. Gender/Sex:  Male,  Female
10. Income: Monthly——————————————Yearly——————————————
11. What are the key challenges faced by the Non-party Caretaker Government system in Bangladesh? (Please select any three).

 Diarchy of administration;
 Anomalies in the constitution;
 Lack of trust between the political parties;
 Lack of adequate skill among the polling personnel;
 None of them (please write your opinion).

12. What election have you been involved or participated? (Please select from the following list).
 Parliamentary Election 1996;
 Parliamentary Election 2001;
 Parliamentary Election 2008.
13. What was your role in the concerned election?
 Candidate  Magistrate  Polling Personnel
 Observer  Voter.
14. Do you think that the election you have been involved or participated was much more neutral than the others under political government?  Yes  No
15. Do you think that the election you have been involved or participated was much more credible than the others under political government?
 Yes  No
16. Do you think that the election you have been involved or participated was much more acceptable to the people and observers than the others under political government?
 Yes  No
17. Do you think that the Non-Party Caretaker Government in Bangladesh is much more neutral than the political government?
 Yes  No
18. What election among the three was much more neutral, credible and acceptable according to you? (Please select one from the list)
 Parliamentary Election 1996;
 Parliamentary Election 2001;
 Parliamentary Election 2008.
19. What limitation is to be overcome first regarding to the Non-party Caretaker Government system in the present constitution?
 Duties and functions of the President and the Chief Advisor are not specified;
 Role of Army is not clarified;
 Polling personnel are not properly trained;
 Lack of conceptual skill among the electoral people regarding to the new system;
 None of them (Please write your opinion).

20. What contrast/contradiction should be fixed first regarding to the Non-party Caretaker Government system in the present constitution?
 Dual authority of the President and the Chief Advisor;
 Term of the Caretaker Government;
 Conflict between the Government and the Election Commission;
 Jurisdiction of the Army Personnel and the Magistrates.
 None of them (Please write your opinion).

21. What is the key barrier for the government to conduct a free and fair National Parliament Election?
 Non-cooperation of the politicians;
 Unskilled polling personnel;
 Lack of conceptual skill among the mass people;
Provision of dual administration between the President and the Chief Advisor in the constitution
 Lack of coordination between the Caretaker Government and the Election Commission.
 None of them (Please write your opinion).
22. Do you think that the present system of the Non-party Caretaker Government should be reformed?
Yes  No 
23. What should be the first step of the future policy initiatives for reforming of the Non-party Caretaker Government system?
 Conducting a nation-wide survey to find out the opinion of the mass people/professional groups;
 Arrangement of a referendum;
 Consultation with the national and international Constitution Experts;
 Arrangement of dialogues between the Government and the Politicians, Constitution Experts, Polling personnel, professional groups etc.
 Gathering experience from other countries;
 None of them (Please write your opinion).
24. What are the institutionalization constraints of democracy in Bangladesh? (Please select any three).
 Colonial structure of the democratic institutions;
 Colonial electoral process;
 Mass illiteracy;
 Lack of conceptual skill among the mass people regarding to the values of democracy;
 Colonial organizational structure of the political parties;
 Absence of adequate laws and rules;
25. What are the main socio-cultural constraints to institutionalizing democracy in Bangladesh? (Please select any three).
 Presence of feudal values among the society;
 Lack of consciousness among the mass people;
 Presence of colonial values among the society;
 Presence of authoritarian culture in the society.
 Inferiority complex.
26. What are the major economic constraints to institutionalizing democracy in Bangladesh? (Please select any three)
 Dependency on donor agencies;
 Insufficient National Budget allocation;
 High disparity among the society;
 Semi-feudal structure of the society;
 Influence of money on election.
27. What are the political constraints to institutionalizing democracy in Bangladesh? (Please select any three)
 Heritage of the long colonial rule;
 Too many political parties;
 Unconsciousness among the electoral people;
 Influence of inheritance in the leadership;
 Poor quality among the leadership;
 Absence of vision and/or foresight among the leadership.
28. What are the global constraints to institutionalizing democracy in Bangladesh? (Please select any three)
 New polarization of power in the global politics;
 Influence of World Bank/IMF;
Influence of global fundamental militancy;
 Influence of global terrorism;
 Negative influence of globalization.
29. What are the main constraints of political parties for being conducted democratically? (Please select any three)
 Lack of democratic values;
 Mistrust, disbelief and hatred among the political parties;
 Absence of statesmanship;
 Absence of foresight;
 Colonial heritage of inter-behavioral relationship.
30. What are the main constraints of parliament to be the centre for all political activities of the country? (Please select any three)
 Colonial rules and procedures;
 Discontinuity of the parliament;
 Instability of the parliamentary government;
 Insufficient age and/or experience of the post-independence parliament of Bangladesh;
 Lack of parliamentary values;
 Undemocratic heritage of the politics.
31. Do you think that the present government system is not sufficient to face the challenges?
 Yes  No
32. Do you think that the present leadership in the political parties is not sufficient to face the challenges?
 Yes  No

2. bdoza - April 23, 2010

How you like to collect the questionairre? Why not set a web page and post the questions in the web and get the answers on line.


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